Book talks are a great way to get your students talking about their independent reading and practicing their speaking and listening skills!
-Digital Student book talk presentation template (via Google Drive)
-Instructions for students included in the presentation
-Teacher Grading Rubric for presentations
-Listening Guide to promote active listening during presentations
One of the most rewarding experiences I have had as an English teacher is hearing my students talk about books they love and their recommendations to their peers. One way I do this in my classroom is through book talks.
There are many ways that you can structure book talks in your classroom. Here are a few ideas:
-Have students read at least one book per grading period and have all students present their book talks at the end of the grading period on assigned days.
-Have students read books and create book talk presentations on their books. They can submit a request to present to you, and you can allow them to present during the grading period as they are ready instead of waiting until the end.
-Use book talks for enrichment or extra credit for students who finish early or enjoy reading and sharing with others.
There are many other ways that you can use books talks, but these are just a few options that have worked for me.
I send students the book talk template through Google Classroom, and they complete the presentation. They then TURN IT IN through Google Classroom, and I pull them up from my computer for them to present to the class.
If you do not use Google Classroom then you could share the template with students and have them make a copy for themselves. They could then share it with you to turn in it or you could just grade as they present.
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